Barry Dixon CBE QFSM MIFireE

Barry was born in Bury in 1951 and he joined the City of Manchester Fire Brigade as a Junior Fireman in 1967 aged 16 years. Following five years operational service at city centre stations, he was promoted to Leading Fireman in 1974 in the Greater Manchester County Fire Service.

Barry has spent much of his career in the Rochdale, Oldham and Bury areas of the County during which time he continued to progress through the ranks. In 1995 he was appointed Assistant County Fire Officer (Operations) and Deputy County Fire Officer in 2000.In March 2002, Barry became County Fire Officer.Barry became Strategic Director of Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) in 2003 and leads on the CFOA Service Delivery / Operational Response.